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May 15th 2023


May 2023

[Media Advisory] Toronto’s queer and trans communities to protest against anti-2SLGBTQ+ hate on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBT)

March 2023

Trans Day of Visibility: How can we commit to being visible allies?

[Press Release] The 519 to Honour Esteemed Author John Irving with Ally Award

International Women's Day 2023: Women, Life, Freedom

February 2023

Re: Sentencing of Colin Harnack in murder of Julie Berman

December 2022

The Trial of Julie Berman

In Solidarity with Ontario's Drag Performers

November 2022

City of Toronto, The 519, and Homes First Society announce Toronto’s first dedicated shelter for 2SLGBTQ+ adults

In Solidarity; A Community Vigil Honouring Colorado Victims and Survivors 

In Solidarity with Club Q

Public Statement on Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR) 2022

September 2022

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Status For All: Letter to PM Justin Trudeau and Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Sean Fraser

The 519 Board of Management Candidates 2022/23

August 2022

Notice of The 519 Annual General Meeting 2022-23

[Press Release] 2SLGBTQ+ communities release Media Reference Guide as a tool for more inclusive journalism

June 2022

Call for Nominations – The 519 Annual General Meeting 2022-23

World Refugee Day: Support LGBTQ+ Refugees Every Day

Green Space Festival 2022: Neighbourhood Information

Green Space Festival announces 2022 lineup: a Pride-weekend party in support of 2SLGBTQ+ communities

Pride 2022 at The 519: Upcoming Programs and Events

April 2022

Lifting the Blood Ban: A Step in the Right Direction

March 2022

Trans Day of Visibility: Affirmations and Calls to Action

Online Dating Safety 101

International Women's Day: Our History, Our Reality, Out Future

February 2022

The 519 Black Collective – Black History Month 2022: ‘Black Health & Wellness’

[Media Advisory] Toronto’s queer and trans communities to protest against anti-2SLGBTQ+ hate on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBT)

Toronto, Ontario: On May 17, 2023, from 6 to 8pm, Toronto’s 2 Spirit, queer, and trans communities and allies will gather in solidarity and celebration on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBT). 

Anti-2SLGBTQ+ hate is dangerously trending upwards globally and Canada is not immune. Hateful protestors are showing up at drag performances. School boards are navigating heated disputes around raising the Pride flag and the censorship of 2SLGBTQ+ material in books. Gender-affirming healthcare is being impacted by transphobic bills. We cannot allow history to repeat itself. The situation is urgent, and the time for action is now. 

Prance and Protest is an act of radical queer joy. Organized by The 519, Canada’s most prominent 2SLGBTQ+ multi-service agency – it recognizes and celebrates the power of coming together as a community to unite against such acts of hate and violence. 

  • When: Wednesday, May 17, 2023 
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm 
  • Where: Barbara Hall Park [519 Church St.]

A celebration of queer and trans joy as well as an active call for visible allyship, the event will feature local queer and drag performances by: 

 Kristyn Wong-Tam, MPP for Toronto Centre and Chris Moise, City Councillor for Toronto Centre will also be in attendance. 

The media is invited to join us on IDAHOBT to witness and highlight how Toronto’s 2SLGBTQ+ communities are actively mobilizing to defend their spaces, culture, rights, and well-being. Spokespersons will be available for comment prior to the event or in advance by request. 

Media Contacts:
Dean Lobo (he/him)
Coordinator, Communications • 647-884-7019

About The 519:
The 519 is Canada’s most prominent 2SLGBTQ+ community centre and service provider, responding to the urgent and emerging needs of 2 Spirit, queer, and trans people since 1976. 


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